TURKEY TROUBLES: WaPo reports that, despite the deal we negotiated with the Government last week, Turkey’s parliament has rejected U.S. use of their bases as a launching point for an Iraq invasion. Unless we decide to use our bases there without permission–which we won’t–this obviously constitutes a setback for the operation. The good news is that it will also free the Administration from any obligation to Turkey in this endeavor. After the last Gulf War, the first Bush Administration turned its backs on the Kurds trying to oust Saddam. We should now feel free to work with the Kurds and support their efforts to establish a homeland.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.